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January 11, 2012
The Pentagon has signed off on the U.S. Army's plan to spend $5.7 billion on anti-missile defenses for helicopters. In a Dec. 28 memo, acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall gave the service...
January 10, 2012
The U.S Army has awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. an $81.2-million firm-fixed-price contract to convert UH-60M...
January 9, 2012
The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporation, received a $181 million contract from the U.S. Army for...
January 9, 2012
They are the embodiment of a modern, high-tech military and a fixture in Hollywood action movies, but night-vision goggles can literally be a pain in the neck, new Canadian research seems to confirm. A recent study found that...
January 6, 2012
Pentagon officials may be mismanaging a $2.6 billion program that buys foreign-made helicopters such as the Russian Mi-17 and provides them to U.S. allies, the Defense Department’s inspector...
January 4, 2012
The SAS is targetting Taliban insurgents and Afghan smugglers in the Helmand desert using Royal Navy technology designed to hunt down Soviet submarines, it can be...
January 4, 2012
A new helicopter is coming to the Block. The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache...
January 1, 2012
Conflict is an inevitable part of today’s world. Soldiers need the right tools—including the unique air support that helicopters provide—to  fight and defend the country and its allies. Providing the right tools requires a defense budget that is approved with enough foresight and guidance to prepare for future equipment and support needs. If you believe these three statements are...
January 1, 2012
The Bell 407AH on display during the Dubai Airshow in November. Photo by Douglas Nelms Bell Helicopter Textron displayed its militarized 407AH at the Dubai Airshow, promoting it and the IA407 being developed for the Iraqi Armed Forces. Both aircraft use the civilian-certified Bell 407 modified to carry an array of aerial weapons. However, the major difference between them is that the IA407 is strictly an...
January 1, 2012
Boeing AH-6i “Little Bird” soaks up some sun in between demonstrations at the Dubai Airshow. Photo by Douglas Nelms Boeing is promoting its AH-6i to meet reconnaissance/attack helicopter requirements for military forces in the Middle East. The AH-6i is the aircraft Boeing is entering in the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition. Mike Burke, director of attack helicopters...
January 1, 2012
Boeing is close to signing a deal with another international defense force as a new customer for the AH-64D Block III, although it is premature to say which one, when or how many, according to Mike Burke, director of business development for attack helicopter programs. During presentations at the Dubai Airshow in November, Burke said the company is also in discussions with another Middle Eastern armed...
January 1, 2012
Established in 1992, the Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. Employing approximately 17,500 people, Eurocopter Group designs, develops, produces and markets the most comprehensive range of civil and military helicopters in the world. One of the standout highlights of 2011 occurred on May 12, when Eurocopter’s X3 (X-cube) hybrid helicopter...
January 1, 2012
The transformation that no military wants, yet financial restraint is pushing everyone inexorably toward, is now upon us. Multi-role must now be the way forward. Not because it is better, but because it is rapidly becoming the only financially acceptable choice. Collaboration is a vital part of competition in terms of winning defense contracts. This is already part of the fabric around the procurement...
December 29, 2011
AgustaWestland has handed over the last Lynx AH Mk9A to the British Army Air Corps. The Lynx Mk9A is a fleet-wide upgrade of the Lynx Mk9...
December 29, 2011
It is two years since the UK sent the first Merlin helicopters nearly 4,000 miles (6,400km) to Afghanistan. It is too far to fly the RAF...
December 22, 2011
As we come to the end of 2011 what have we learned in the last 12 months and what is in store for the coming year in terms of the ongoing utility of military rotorcraft? What has certainly been confirmed is that helicopters continue to retain an important place at the cutting edge of military operational strategy. This was confirmed on May 2 in the raid mounted by U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development...
December 22, 2011
Eurocopter has handed over the first two AS350B2 Ecureuils that are part of a nine-helicopter order to the Ecuadorian Armed Forces...
December 22, 2011
AgustaWestland has completed deliveries of two NH90 NFHs to the Italian Army and Navy. The helicopters were the first from...
December 21, 2011
The U.S. Navy has granted Northrop Grumman a follow-on contract for integrations and laboratory test support for the LN-251 navigation systems on Sikorsky...
December 21, 2011
Charles D. "Chuck" Perriguey Jr. died July 16, 2011 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. at the age of 66. He...
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